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Want food stamps? Go to Craigslist


By: Perry Chiaramonte (FOXNews.com)
Food stamp recipients are turning the government handouts into quick cash with ads on Craigslist, despite efforts to stem fraud.
The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons -- which are issued by states in the form of debit cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- are being sold on the online bulletin board as well as auction sites like eBay. FoxNews.com found several offerings at Craigslist sites around the country, where the sellers offered the welfare benefits at large discounts from face value.
"I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!"

- Craigslist ad
“If you need food. This is not a gimmick or game,” read one posting from Philadelphia. “Please let me know, I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!”

“I have $500 worth and it costs $350 cash. No I will not do half!” read another posting from the Atlanta area. “I don't need to sell. If you would like to get an extra $150 to $175 in grocery and pay no taxes and can see the benefit that you will still be saving then email me or call me and we can arrange the whole deal as soon as you like.”

Those who are desperately hungry are also taking to the website, offering
cash for the stamps.

“DO YOU NEED SOME QUICK CASH?? -- $100 (atlanta),” read the title of one such post, under which the buyer offered: "If you get Food Stamps and need some extra cash then hit me asap,” reads the post.

In another posting from the Trenton, N.J., area, the seller claims that he will have a $100 EBT card available on Nov. 1 for $60.
Contacted by FoxNews.com and asked about the legality of such a transaction, the seller cryptically responded: "Lol are u serious is the govt legal of course but I hve a customer Good day [sic]."
 

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But But But all the assistance is needed otherwise people will starve.
 

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That is why I think it is funny when people say they saw some welfare recipient buying Lobster and steak. Actually, you probably didn't. The actual welfare recipient sold that card for cash at probably 50% value. I have heard that very affluent people often take advantage of this. Employee is paid low enough to get benefits, they sell the benefits to boss for more $....
 

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That is why I think it is funny when people say they saw some welfare recipient buying Lobster and steak. Actually, you probably didn't. The actual welfare recipient sold that card for cash at probably 50% value. I have heard that very affluent people often take advantage of this. Employee is paid low enough to get benefits, they sell the benefits to boss for more $....
I have seen both. It's fraudulent either way.

I wouldn't call any of these people "affluent" but it does happen. Some have cash. Others don't know their PINs and have to call to get them.

Don't ignore the drug issue, either.
 

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when i was growing up we had paper stamps, so everyonce in a while i would go to a friends house and see the adults trade brown paper bags for white envelopes... it was alot easier back in the day... that ring ended up with 40yrs in jail for the OGs that started it all. participants caught were served 5 to 10yrs. its crazy
 
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